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  Wednesday, 6 March, 2002, 12:42 GMT
Gloucester - Kingsholm
Kingsholm - home to Gloucester Rugby club
Gloucester Cathedral rises above Kingsholm
By BBC Sport Online's Ed King

Kingsholm - 10,800

Kingsholm is one of most notorious Rugby grounds in Britain, famed for its atmosphere and the raucous element in 'The Shed.'

The ground lies within view of Gloucester Cathedral, and for all the new coats of paint on the stands, looks about as old as the medieval church.

Despite this, Kingsholm's atmosphere more than makes up for any shortcomings, although visitors of a nervous disposition would be advised to avoid the Shed.

Where to stand/sit?

A trip to Gloucester isn't complete without a visit to the shed, covered terracing that promises to be an enjoyable experience for all bar Bath fans.

The Grandstand offers good views across the ground, but is usually full of season ticket holders.

There is terracing at each end of the ground, but try and stand along the sides before moving here, as the views aren't that great.

Pubs to visit:

The Shed
The Shed is full of passionate fans

The Kingsholm Inn. Known locally as The Jockey, this haven to Gloucester fans is just across the road from the ground, so is ideal for a pre-match drink. Covered with Gloucester paraphernalia, all rugby fans can be sure of a warm welcome. (1 min)

Deans walk Inn. This is possibly the only pub in the world to have an enormous rugby ball lodged in its roof, so worth a visit if only to marvel at how it got there. (2 min)

The New Inn. One of the oldest Inns in the west country, dating from 1455, this Tudor-style establishment is a mixture of three different pubs, all looking out onto a central courtyard. (City centre 10 min)

Restaurants:

Pizza Piazza. A light and airy modern establishment looking over Gloucester's historic docks. Tel 01452 311951. (15 mins)

The New Inn. Cropping up again, this time in its guise as a restaurant, the New Inn offers a generous range of traditional fare to give you strength to brave the shed. Tel 01452 522177.

The chippy next to the Kingsholm Inn is highly recommended by Gloucester fans.

Top tip

If the pre-match entertainment includes a tug of war against visiting fans, don't take part. Gloucester's team are a heavy bunch.

Directions:

Car: From M5 - leave at J11A, and follow signs for Gloucester City centre. Kingsholm is along Kingsholm Rd, just off Worcester St. There is parking at The Cattle Market Park and Ride off the A38, 5 mins walk from Kingsholm.

Trains: Kingsholm is a ten-minute walk from Gloucester station, which is well served with trains from Wales, Bristol, the Midlands and London.

Did you know?

Gloucester Rugby Club is run by Tom Walkinshaw, owner of the Arrows F1 team.

What to do with the other half who hates Rugby?

Gloucester Cathedral, resting place of King Edward II, is well worth a visit. It dates back to an Abbey in the 1300s and is famous for its Norman Nave.

For Beatrix Potter fans, the house of The Tailor of Gloucester is open to the public, complete with an army of mice and a mighty impressive gift shop.

Gloucester's revamped docks are now host to The National Waterways museum, an antique centre with over 140 dealers, and the base for Gloucester and Sharpness canal cruises.

Prices:

Ground admission - Adult 15, Concession, 8, Junior 3

Grandstand - Adult 23, junior 22.

Ratings:

  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Access: 7
  • Toilets: 5
  • Location: 7
  • Bars: 8
  • Pies: 4
  • Disabled facilities: 5

Contact details:

Club: 01452 422422


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